Download of the Week: Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall

Some of the most outstanding musicians representing the different cultures of this part of Eastern Europe, together with the soloists of Hespèrion XXI and myself, have delved into this extraordinary historical, traditional and even modern musical heritage to study, select and perform it, thereby creating a genuine intercultural dialogue between the different cultures that have so often been torn apart by dramatic, age-old conflicts.—Jordi Savall
Voices of Memory: Bal·Kan: Honey & Blood: Cycles of Life fills 3 SACD's-worth of space, over 3 hours of beautiful, effusive, wild, and passionate music from Eastern Europe. You can read more about this wonderful collection on the Alia Vox website and I recommend reading all of what Jordi Savall has to say about it.
A veritable musical mosaic performed by the “Voices of Memory” and accompanied on original instruments from each culture: Kaval, Gûdulka (Bulgarian Lira), Tambura, Greek Lira, Kamancheh, Kanun, Oud, Tambur, Ney, Santur, Saz, Violin and Double Bass, Frula, Cymbalum, Accordeon, Organ and Guitar, etc. All this music, together with the earlier recording of instrumental music, “Spirit of the Balkans”, enables us to evoke a multicultural map of the musical traditions of this rich part of Eastern Europe, which astonish and entrance us not only with their vitality and passion, but also with their beauty and spirituality. We can see that, despite the national characteristics of the various peoples of the Balkan Peninsula, it is very often those very same traits that unite them at the deepest level.
The 53 songs on Bal·Kan: Honey & Blood are broken down into cycles:
I. CREATION: UNIVERSE, ENCOUNTERS & DESIRES
II. SPRING: BIRTH, DREAMS & CELEBRATIONS
III. SUMMER: ENCOUNTERS, LOVE & MARRIAGE
IV. AUTUMN: MEMORY, MATURITY & JOURNEY
V. WINTER: SPIRITUALITY, SACRIFICE, EXILE & DEATH
VI. (RE)CONCILIATION
You can listen to snippets of all of this music on the Qobuz website and I recommend doing so since I'm sure you'll find it fascinating, enriching, and enlightening. Available in 24/88.2kHz or CD-quality, the music herein is also beautifully recorded and each of my listening sessions inspired a world of time travel. A true treat for the ears and mind.

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COMMENTS
Priaptor's picture

If there is another site, I would love it.  The sampler sounds great

Michael Lavorgna's picture

...it will eventually show up on HDtracks since they have other releases from Alia Vox and Jordi Savall - http://www.hdtracks.com/music/label/view/id/503/

I've got my eye on Orient Occident II - Hommage a la Syrie (Tribute to Syria).

bwr's picture

... to purchase this recording as a download from Quobuz if I'm in the US?  I get a message telling me it's not availble in my country. 

Michael Lavorgna's picture

...try contacting Qobuz.

jacques_racine's picture

Hi,

Located in Canada - I have been purchasing on Qobuz for 18 months...

Just sent then an email to enable your account.

 

AND buy also Istanbul - Dimitri Cantemir from Savall too. Amazing.

I have all his recent albums. Beautiful.

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